Surrounding Water Welcome home Show: One Night Only by Ben Weaver

Photo: Scott Haraldson

Photo: Scott Haraldson

In July I rode my bicycle some 1400 miles around Lake Superior to raise awareness about the lake and the state of our fresh water.  In 15 days of riding I stopped for 13 different performances. Acting as a charter bearer to the Great Lakes Commons and sharing their written charter with my audiences, I met incredible people, heard remarkable stories, and learned lots of new information from the diverse communities surrounding this important and irreplaceable lake.  

Please Join me on Saturday October 3rd at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN for a special welcome home performance featuring an evening of song, story, video, photos and conversations from this inspiring trip.  

Tour partners Angry Catfish will be out front offering bicycle valet. Red Table Meat Co. will be sliding charcuterie. Lucas from Bunyan Velo will help lead the conversation, while Banjo Brothers and Salsa Cycles will also be on hand adding some surprises to the evening. Get your tickets here.

 

Surrounding Water Welcome Home by Ben Weaver

Photo: Scott Haraldson

Photo: Scott Haraldson

The hardest part of any trip always seems to be coming home. I talk about it every time. But “hard” may not be the right word. There is an idea that when a route is finished, the trip is done, and coming home is the final stamp on the doneness of that specific journey. We have to return to jobs and bills; the more oppressive parts of life. My recent ride around Lake Superior shed some light onto a new perspective of coming home and I have found myself walking away from the idea that the trip ends when you get home. 

We never come back the same people, and we continue to change even after we settle back into whatever routines resemble home. The trip breathes and lives itself out in our daily lives. It kindles new perspectives that lead to different choices about where we spend our time, our money, and our energy. In many cases we use these resources towards planning the next trip.

In life, I don’t see much separation. It’s all connected as far down the line as I have ever been able to make out. So for me the trips, journeys, adventures, explorations, whatever name you give them, they all become one. The more trips I take, the more trips I plan. They string themselves together; the one nighter, the afternoon ramble, the weekend, and the multi week. The more often we go, the looser we get. The imaginary chains that let us believe we can’t, or shouldn't, leave, fall away. Food, water and a place to sleep are the needs to be met. All the gear and extras are exactly that. The more often we go, the shorter the distance becomes between us and our access to those basic needs. The more often we go, the less there is to keep the going at bay.

My ride around Superior was incredible. Among many truths it instilled in me a certitude for this above: that going begets going. I saw the landscape change. Met incredible people. Rode close to the weather, lived how I am happiest, down on the bones of life. I have come home determined not to loose those bones nor that edge. To wake up with the same sense of awe and discovery that I did with each day of riding. To stay loose and ready to go.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing more stories, specifically pertaining to Fresh Water,  and my experiences riding around Lake Superior as a Charter Bearer to the Great Lakes Commons visionary charter.